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David Irving produced a book that, from its beginning, illustrates what can go wrong in language. He certainly meant well, and definitely was an improvement over several books I’ve read from his time, but was still difficult. Fortunately, others have taken his advice to an even higher level than Irving himself was able to climb. Here is an example: “By a proper mixture of short and long periods, the ear is gratified, and a certain sprightliness is joined with majesty: but when a sort of regular compass of phrases is employed, the reader soon becomes fatigued with the monotony” (45). Read this book only if you suffer from insomnia.
Irving, David. Elements of English Composition. 5th edition. London: Richard Phillips, 1821.

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